ELAN: Trinity College Dublin

Trinity College Dublin is a destination within the European Liberal Arts Network (ELAN) for University College Utrecht students, located in Dublin, Ireland. Because this is an ELAN partner, the focus will be on Himanities and Language courses. UCU students are welcome to choose courses from the following schools:

  • The School of English
  • The School of Histories & Humanities (including Classics, History, History of Art)
  • The School of Languages, Literatures & Cultural Studies
  • The School of Linguistic, Speech & Communication Sciences
  • European Studies
  • Religion and Theology
Acclaimed subjects

Since this is an ELAN-destination, the focus will be on Humanties and/or language courses. Law and English Language & Literature courses are especially good.

Number of places available

2 students per semester

Academic calendar

Fall Semester: Early September – end of December
Spring Semester: Mid-January – end of April

Language of instruction


Course offerings

Information about courses for exchange students can be found here.

Credit system

Trinity uses the ECTS. One semester students are expected to take 25-30 ECTS.

Grade system

Grading differs from UCU; see “Grading” here.


Exchange students can access limited on-campus housing and have access to purpose-built student accommodation in Dublin’s city centre. More information here.

The Student Union also provides assistance in finding housing. 


Living in Dublin is slightly more expensive than Utrecht, rent in particular. 


Trinity provides an orientation week to introduce students to life at Trinity. This includes everything from information about academic course registration to tours of campus, breakout sessions, film nights in the Global Room, sessions focused on life in Dublin, opportunities to meet your new classmates and much more. Click here for more information. 


Trinity College is one of two universities in Dublin, a city of over a million inhabitants which is the capital of Ireland. The city is popular with tourists for its historical center and castle, as well as its pub culture. Find out more here

Student life

Trinity College has a large, historical campus near the center of Dublin. It has about 15,000 students. It has over 120 ‘societies’ which organize social, academic, and cultural activities. You can join these during the orientation week in September for a small fee. 

There are also almost 50 sports clubs and extensive sports facilities available to students. 

Student experiences

Previous students praise the quality of Trinity College’s courses. The workload is slightly lower than at UCU. Although there isn’t a lot of guidance, most administrative processes are self-explanatory. Students are enthusiastic about the many activities organized at Trinity College through the societies. Be warned that getting into university accommodation is very unlikely! 

More information

For information about the requirements for studying abroad, the application procedure and more, go to UCU's Study abroad page. 

You can browse through all UCU exchange destinations and UU exchange destinations in the exchange catalog.